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News about climate change and other environmental issues and the people and organizations behind the science.

Virtual water, hamburger, environment, beef

Billions of cubic metres of Canadian fresh water are poured into agricultural and industrial processes and products — like the ingredients in this hamburger — that are then shipped to different watersheds or countries. We’re losing more water than we're gaining, experts say. (Illustration: Kat Barqueiro/Can Geo)

Illustration: Kathryn Barqueiro/Can Geo
A massive amount of ‘virtual water’ is moving around regions and crossing borders in our food and other products
Aerial view of Ontario patchwork farmland

The highly fragmented southern Ontario landscape of isolated woodlots, suburbs and farms harbours many endangered plant species. (Photo: Paul Hamilton)

Photo: Paul Hamilton
Hundreds of Canada’s species at risk are plants, and most of them live where we do
Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

An Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, which was once home to about 2,000 pairs of the birds. Today, there are only about 475 pairs. (Photo: Nick Hawkins/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Nick Hawkins/Canadian Geographic
On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

Sunlight breaks through dark clouds to cast a glow over the Tombstone River Valley near the Talus Lake backcountry campground in Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park. (Photo: Victor Liu)

Photo: Victor Liu
A look back at the most awe-inspiring and thought-provoking visuals we published this year
Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour carries his trusty canoe on the Upper McPhadyen River in mid-September during the final leg of his expedition. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

Photo: Justin Barbour
Justin Barbour and his canine pal, Saku, traversed 1,000 kilometres across the Labrador Peninsula through harsh snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, but were stopped just shy of their end goal 
RCGS, Fellows, explore, Arctic, environment, mapping

Gordon Osinski, a planetary geologist at Western University in London, Ont., led a 2018 expedition to map parts of Devon Island’s exposed Precambrian Shield — Arctic coastlines that have never been surveyed by on-the-ground teams. (Photo: Gordon Osinski)

Photo: Gordon Osinski
From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018
Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project, indigenous, suicide prevention, homelessness, therapy, education

Members of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project, winners of the $1-million 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize. (Photo: Arctic Inspiration Prize/Patrick Doyle)

Photo: Arctic Inspiration Prize/Patrick Doyle
A look back at some of the amazing projects that have won the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize
Laurie Sarkadi Voice in the Wild

In her memoir, “Voice in the Wild,” journalist Laurie Sarkadi shares stories from nearly three decades of living off-grid in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Images courtesy Caitlin Press)

Images courtesy Caitlin Press
In her memoir, Voice in the Wild, journalist Laurie Sarkadi shares stories from her nearly 30 years living off-grid in the Subarctic, with wolves, bears and caribou as her neighbours
CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques receives spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques receives spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston. (Photo courtesy NASA/David DeHoyos)

Photo courtesy NASA/David DeHoyos
A conversation with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who is getting ready to travel to the International Space Station 
How the Northern Scientific Training Program helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

An NSTP grant helped Ann Balasubramaniam go to northern Yukon in 2008, when she was a doctoral student, to collaborate on freshwater ecosystem research with the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Balasubramaniam, shown taking water samples on Mary Netro Lake with Devon Kyikavichik, now works for Polar Knowledge Canada in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. (Photo: Ann Balasubramaniam)

Photo: Ann Balasubramaniam
In the face of climate change, the government’s long-running Northern Scientific Training Program has never been more crucial
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